Sister of resident, beloved English teacher, mentor, and animal lover
Jennifer Formichelli. (Courtesy photo)
Jennifer Formichelli was born on Aug. 5, 1974, in Boston. She was the daughter of the late Karen Taylor and Carl Formichelli. She died after a tragic accident on Oct. 26, 2021, in Boston.
Jennifer was an accomplished scholar: She earned a Ph.D. in English literature from University of Cambridge (U.K.), having graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in literary history. Her literary interests were extensive and diverse, including most especially T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, and James Baldwin. Her passion for social justice included strong interests in criminal justice investigation, law, and analysis. In the spring of 2021, she earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University. Having researched it extensively, she was in the middle of writing a true crime story focusing on a 2010 quadruple murder in Mattapan.
Jen lived life thoughtfully and truly enjoyed teaching literature and inspiring her students at Boston University Academy, where she was a beloved member of the English Department since 2016. Outside of teaching she was an animal lover. Her dogs and pets were a huge part of her life. Jennifer was also an avid gardener; she transformed the landscape of her Mattapan condo. She loved to cook and always had time for a good cup of coffee.
She gave generously of herself to others, both in her role as a teacher and advisor and to her friends. Her positive impact will continue to be felt by those who knew her.
She is survived by her cherished dogs Murphy and Hooper as well as her cats Nuke, Paris, and Achilles; her father Carl; her fiancé Fillmore Parris; her brother Gregory; her nephews Nicholas and Lucas; and her sister-in-law Lina.
A remembrance service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Eichenbaum Room at Boston University’s Rajen Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to MSPCA-Angell or Charles River Alleycats. Additionally, gifts may be made in Jennifer’s memory to the BU Academy financial aid program online at www.buacademy.org/formichelli or by mail to BUA c/o Development Office, One University Road, Boston, MA 02215.